Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mozart's Don Giovanni - Don Juan gets what's coming to him

Who else but Mozart would make a "comedy" in which the protagonist is dragged off to Hell by a pack of demons?  He richly deserved it, so I suppose it qualifies as a happy ending.  In any case, this is one of the greatest scenes not just in opera, but in the history of theater.  Here we see Don Giovanni, a.k.a. Don Juan (Samuel Ramey) contronted by the ghost of the Commandatore (Kurt Moll), whom he has murdered, while his servant Leporello (Feruccio Furlanetto) cowers and whimpers.  PARENTAL WARNING: there are some very creepy looking ghoulies toward the end, so show discretion with small children (unless they're used to watching television, in which case, never mind).  From the 1990 Metropolitan opera production.